Omega-3 Fatty Acids and CoQ10

Maulishree Jhawer
Article Reviewed by Dietitian  on Jan 18, 2013
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Omega-3 Fatty Acids and CoQ10

There are proven health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in terms of LDL reduction and anti inflammation.

Omega-3 fatty acids are the major building block of body cells, even a small deficiency of omega-3 in our diet is implicated in illnesses and medical conditions.

The main source of omega-3 in our diets is fatty fish. In order to get enough omega-3, a person would have to eat it at least three times a week. However, not everyone eats fish because of personal choice or religious beliefs. Then again, eating too much fatty fish could be dangerous because the fish maybe exposed to unsafe levels of mercury and it could poison us. So, it becomes essential to supplement diet with fish oil, which contains omega-3 in high amounts.

There also exists a recently studied component with mammoth health benefits which when combined with omega-3 can work wonders for health. Itís called Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). It is a cofactor for at least three very important enzymes used within the mitochondria of the cell. As a strong antioxidant, CoQ10 is extremely important in helping neutralize free radicals; however, its most important function in this situation is to help create energy. CoQ10 is said to offer long term protection form cardiac disease, cancer, diabetes etc.

Deficient levels have been clearly established in the blood levels of patients with congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy.

By using the Ďreducedí form of CoQ10 (Ubiquinol) the blood levels of CoQ10 stay higher for longer. And thatís what really counts. CoQ10 is the best antioxidant for the heart.

Reference:

1. Ray D. Strand. "What your doctor doesnít know about nutritional medicine may be killing you"

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